ThatFirstLine.com announces writer prize in support of national literacy programs.

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Nothing captures a reader's attention like a great opening line. So, in support of national literacy, and to encourage writers everywhere to sharpen their pencils and call up the muse and fire-off a great opener, the creative team at Zirdland.com announces the launch of its new writers' contest web site.

"Every great book, every hit song, every moving poem, every inspired speech, every intriguing article, every movie, play and opera, all began with that first line," spouts the new writing contest: ThatFirstLine.com - where writers (professional and amateur) can enter an original, unpublished opening line from a book manuscript, screenplay, poem, song lyric, article or essay and vie for the opportunity to win a cash prize of $500.

A panel of over 50 contest judges - editors, literary agents, and published authors - will determine the winner from a list of finalists on August 30, 2005. The finalists' entries as well as the grand prize winner will be announced on the site and to over 5000 publishing and film industry professionals.

The entry fee is five dollars and 100% of the contest profits will be donated to literacy charities First Book and National Center for Family Literacy (both 4-star-rated by CharityNavigator).

The contest is sponsored by Zirdland.com - a new web site being developed where writers of books, screenplays and other literary works are matched (using a proprietary search engine) with publishers, film producers and literary agents in their quest for the next "Da Vinci Code" or "Harry Potter."

ThatFirstLine Writer's Contest is currently open and deadline for submissions is August 15, 2005.

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Ben Jackson